I need to do a little more work on the transition of sky colour above and below the branch - but this is easier done as the picture progresses.
The sky was soothing to stitch. It was good to have a large area to work. I continue to fiddle with the top corner cloudy thing.
This is where I am now. I am adding rows of couching to that big leaf, to lift the colour above the brown base. I have more of this to do as well as adding the outlines of the stem, branches and leaf. I will also touch up a few places and adjust that cloud further.